Occupational therapists bring a unique focus to VR, with an educational background in both mental health and physical disabilities. You may be familiar with OT services for task analysis, worksite accessibility, and injury prevention. Did you know occupational therapists can also identify the sensory environments that allow a person to maximize their work performance? Or work with your clients to develop habits and routines that support attention, stress management, and mood regulation? Come hear about the unique programs being implemented by occupational therapists with Virginia's VR agency. Case studies will be presented highlighting innovative programs and how they contribute to employment.
Meet the Presenters:
Carrie is an Assistive Technology Specialist for the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). She holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University, and was recently awarded a doctoral degree in occupational therapy from Mary Baldwin University. Carrie has over 30 years of experience as an occupational therapist, focusing on assistive technology for much of her career, and has worked in vocational rehabilitation with DARS for 12 years. She developed and initiated a handheld technology program with individuals with memory and anxiety challenges, and recently completed a research study observing the effects of a time management program implemented within the vocational rehabilitation setting. Carrie has presented several times at state and national conferences on handheld technology and assistive technology.
Patti is an Occupational Therapist and Assistive Technology Specialist for the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). She received her BS in Occupational Therapy from UW-Madison, a master’s degree in Assistive Technology from George Mason University, and a doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy from Mary Baldwin University. Patti has been an OT for over 30 years, working in a variety of settings and focusing on assistive technology for most of her career. She has worked in the field of vocational rehabilitation for many years, including as a contractor in Michigan and Wisconsin, and has been with DARS for 12 years. Patti has presented at state and national conferences on handheld technology and assistive technology.